Coronavirus and Your Money

The Basics of Unemployment Benefits: Who Qualifies, How to Apply, How Much You’ll Get
Coronavirus and Your Money

The Basics of Unemployment Benefits: Who Qualifies, How to Apply, How Much You’ll Get

Unemployment insurance is a joint state and federal program that provides those out of work with temporary yet steady income to help them financially.…
March 22, 2021
Behind on Debts? Know Your Rights
Coronavirus and Your Money

Behind on Debts? Know Your Rights

There are limits on what debt collectors can do to recoup what you owe. If you have medical debts, you have even more rights.
March 20, 2021
6 Money-Smart Ways to Spend Your Third Stimulus Check
Coronavirus and Your Money

6 Money-Smart Ways to Spend Your Third Stimulus Check

If you don't have to use your third stimulus check for basic necessities, consider putting the money to work for you. You'll thank yourself later.
March 20, 2021
When Will Your Third Stimulus Check Arrive?
Coronavirus and Your Money

When Will Your Third Stimulus Check Arrive?

The American Rescue Plan authorizes a third round of stimulus checks. When might you receive your payment?
March 19, 2021
Unemployment Tax Break: Don't Amend Your 2020 Tax Return to Claim the New Exemption
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Unemployment Tax Break: Don't Amend Your 2020 Tax Return to Claim the New Exemption

The IRS is still figuring out the best way to handle to new $10,200 tax exemption for unemployment benefits received in 2020, but it doesn't want you …
March 19, 2021
IRS Extends Tax Return Filing Deadline to May 17
Coronavirus and Your Money

IRS Extends Tax Return Filing Deadline to May 17

Pressure has been building for weeks to give taxpayers more time to file their 2020 federal income tax returns.
March 19, 2021
Third Stimulus Check Update: Yesterday Was the First Payday for New Stimulus Payments
Coronavirus and Your Money

Third Stimulus Check Update: Yesterday Was the First Payday for New Stimulus Payments

You may have celebrated St. Patrick's Day this year with a $1,400 pot of stimulus check gold.
March 18, 2021
The IRS Can Take Your Recovery Rebate Credit for Child Support or Other Debts Owed
Coronavirus and Your Money

The IRS Can Take Your Recovery Rebate Credit for Child Support or Other Debts Owed

Most restrictions put in place to protect your stimulus check from garnishment don't apply to Recovery Rebate tax credits.
March 17, 2021
American Workers Get Enhanced Unemployment Benefits as Biden Signs Stimulus Package
Coronavirus and Your Money

American Workers Get Enhanced Unemployment Benefits as Biden Signs Stimulus Package

The American Rescue Plan extends bonus payments of $300 per week and offers a tax break for unemployment benefits collected in 2020.
March 13, 2021
Increase Your Third Stimulus Check By Filing Your Tax Return NOW
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Increase Your Third Stimulus Check By Filing Your Tax Return NOW

Depending on your situation, you might be able to increase your third stimulus check by filing your tax return right away.
March 11, 2021
Forgiven Student Loan Debt Will Be Tax-Free
Coronavirus and Your Money

Forgiven Student Loan Debt Will Be Tax-Free

President Joe Biden’s $1.9 trillion stimulus package lays the groundwork to forgive some student loan debt.
March 11, 2021
Families Get a $3,000 Child Tax Credit for 2021
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Families Get a $3,000 Child Tax Credit for 2021

President Biden's stimulus package temporarily increases the child tax credit to $3,000 or $3,600 per child for most families. Half of it will be paid…
March 11, 2021
Renters: Help Is On The Way
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Renters: Help Is On The Way

Renters worried about being evicted from their homes or apartments can breathe a sigh of relief as the new $1.9 trillion stimulus package sets aside m…
March 11, 2021
Congress Passes Bill with More "Targeted" Stimulus Payments
Coronavirus and Your Money

Congress Passes Bill with More "Targeted" Stimulus Payments

Congress finally passes the $1.9 trillion COVID-relief bill. But fewer people will get a third stimulus check under the final bill than under the orig…
March 10, 2021
Congress Passes $3,000 Child Tax Credit for 2021
Coronavirus and Your Money

Congress Passes $3,000 Child Tax Credit for 2021

The provision would temporarily increase the child tax credit to $3,000 or $3,600 per child for most families and have 50% of it paid in advance by th…
March 10, 2021
How Your Third Stimulus Check Will Differ From the First Two Payments
Coronavirus and Your Money

How Your Third Stimulus Check Will Differ From the First Two Payments

We're oh so close to getting a third stimulus check. But the amount and eligibility rules for your next stimulus payment will be different than for ea…
March 10, 2021
Senate Alters Unemployment Benefits Before Passing Stimulus Package
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Senate Alters Unemployment Benefits Before Passing Stimulus Package

Enhanced unemployment compensation remains the same, but payments will last longer and a new tax break is added.
March 6, 2021
Who Won't Get a Third Stimulus Check Under the New Senate Plan?
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Who Won't Get a Third Stimulus Check Under the New Senate Plan?

The Senate passed a new third stimulus check plan that would reduce the number of people eligible for a $1,400 payment.
March 6, 2021
The Current Plan for $1,400 Checks
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The Current Plan for $1,400 Checks

Here's what you need to know about the stimulus check plan in President Biden's COVID-relief package.
March 6, 2021
Vote to Reinsert $15 Minimum Wage in Stimulus Bill Fails
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Vote to Reinsert $15 Minimum Wage in Stimulus Bill Fails

Led by Sen. Bernie Sanders, the effort to get the $15 minimum wage provisions back into President Biden's COVID-Relief package falls short in the Sena…
March 5, 2021
How to Keep Tabs on Your Credit Report
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How to Keep Tabs on Your Credit Report

Free weekly access is ending, but several services let you view your credit files more than once a year.
March 5, 2021
Will You Still Get a Third Stimulus Check Under the New Senate Plan?
Coronavirus and Your Money

Will You Still Get a Third Stimulus Check Under the New Senate Plan?

President Biden and Senate Democrats agreed on a new third stimulus check plan that would reduce the number of people eligible for a $1,400 payment.
March 4, 2021
The Current Plan for $1,400 Checks
Coronavirus and Your Money

The Current Plan for $1,400 Checks

Here's what you need to know about the stimulus check plan in President Biden's COVID-relief package.
March 4, 2021
A COVID Storm Hits Senior Living
Coronavirus and Your Money

A COVID Storm Hits Senior Living

The pandemic has created significant challenges for all types of senior living communities. Because of that, it's more important than ever to review a…
March 3, 2021
Will Your Stimulus Check Increase Your Tax on Social Security Benefits?
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Will Your Stimulus Check Increase Your Tax on Social Security Benefits?

The answer to this question comes down to whether your stimulus check increases your "provisional income."
March 1, 2021
House Approves $3,000 Child Tax Credit for 2021
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House Approves $3,000 Child Tax Credit for 2021

The proposal would temporarily increase the child tax credit to $3,000 or $3,600 per child for most families and have 50% of it paid in advance by the…
February 27, 2021